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Off the beaten track Brazil: Dunes and lagoons of Lencois Maranhenses

10 days from £3,740pp

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Overview & Highlights

Head to the far north of Brazil to discover historic Olinda, the remote sand dunes and lagoons in Lencois Maranhenses National Park and the historic port of São Luis.

A holiday which will have you constantly reaching for your camera, this journey explores the surreal, sandy landscapes of Brazil's far northeast and visits two Unesco-listed colonial gems.

Fly into the dynamic port Recife, with its history of slaving, now renewed as a capital of the arts, supremely of music and dance. Start your holiday in the nearby centuries-old town Olinda, with divine Portuguese architecture lining cobbled streets. 

Travel on to the remote far north of Brazil and the huge Parnaíba delta. Its islets and lagoons are fabulous bird watching destinations. Beyond, are the surreal dunes and crystalline pools of Lençois Maranhenses National Park.  A traditional way of life survives in the region's sleepy, riverine fishing communities and small coastal towns. Even the popular beach hangout of Jericoacoara remains low-key. This is an adventurous trip taking you exploring by jeep, boat and 4WD.

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  • Olinda: guided walking tour
  • São Luis: guided walking tour
  • Lençois Maranhenses: 4WD excursions in the far north

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Our Expert's Opinion

We have put together this holiday for the more adventurous traveller or those returning to Brazil for a second or third time. This itinerary focuses on the northeastern highlights of Brazil and is perfect for those seeking hidden gems. Additionally, this trip offers fantastic photography opportunities—play with perspective among the enormous sand dunes and try to capture the mirage-like effect of the aquamarine lagoons.

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Chris Rendell-Dunn Travel Expert Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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